The Prize owes its name to the renowned 11th-century physician and philosopher of Persian origin known in Europe as Avicenna (980-1038). A healer and a humanist, Avicenna developed an exemplary holistic approach that captures the essence of ethics in science and has thus come to serve as a source of inspiration for the promotion of this concern, which is of central importance to UNESCO. UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO, various professional, academic and non-governmental organizations active in the field of ethics of science and technology, members of relevant UNESCO’s expert bodies and UNESCO’s partners, to propose candidates for the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2019.
This year it will reward activities of individuals or groups in the field of advancing the “Ethics of Environment” with a special thematic focus on ethics of climate change and environmental sustainability.
Eligibility and Criteria
The purpose of the Prize is to reward activities in the field of ethics in science, including:
- High-quality ethical scholarly reflection and research on issues raised by recent scientific and technological advances.
- Major contributions to providing advice to policy-makers on ethical questions in research and development in order to establish and support science ethics policies and committees.
- Activities aimed at developing education and training regarding the ethical dimensions of science.
- Outstanding contributions to fostering science communication, public awareness and debate on the ethics of science and technology.
- The Prize may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations. Nominees (i.e. candidates) must be living persons or existing institutions.
Awards and Benefits
- The Prize consists of a gold medal of Avicenna along with a certificate, the sum of USD 50,000, and a one-week academic visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is to include the delivery of speeches in the relevant academic gatherings, organized for this purpose by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- In Spring 2017, the Executive Board of UNESCO renewed the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science for a period of six years.
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